After a series of reports on his physical issues, Rush drummer Neil Peart said that he is retiring from music.
The prog icons have recently wrapped up the R40 tour as their final major trek ever, with several sources citing Mr. Peart's health and his struggle with chronic tendonitis as the top factor behind the decision.
Neil tells Drumhead Magazine: "Lately Olivia [Louise, Neil's daughter] has been introducing me to new friends at school as 'My dad - he's a retired drummer.' True to say, funny to hear.
"And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to... take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song 'Losing It' ['Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it']."
Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee previously said about the possibility of Rush touring again: "It doesn't look good." Read about it here.
On their final run, the boys sounded stellar. Watch them in action here.
UPDATE: Not exactly related to the Peart retirement story, but the band has just unveiled the official footage of "YYZ" from their "R40 Live" DVD. You can check it out below.
UPDATE 2: Geddy Lee addressed Neil's retirement comments, saying he thinks that Peart's statement should be interpreted as a retirement from touring, not from Rush as a whole. Read about it here.